Immigration: Stupid protester tricks on display downtown

I have to question the tactics of the students who disrupted traffic in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, and not just because they outed themselves as illegally present in the United States and then did something to get themselves arrested. From the AJC:

Activists blocked traffic on downtown Courtland Street for about an hour Tuesday afternoon as they demonstrated against a ban on illegal immigrants attending Georgia colleges.

Police routed traffic off the road and onto Gilmer Street during the protest and then arrested at least seven of the activists. Authorities reopened Courtland just before 4 p.m.

Earlier Tuesday afternoon, several of the activists declared they were illegally in the country and decried restrictions illegal immigrant students face in the United States.

Some spoke in favor of the DREAM Act, a congressional measure that would have given young illegal immigrants a path to legal status if they enrolled in college or joined the military. That measure failed in Congress last year.

More than a hundred college students, civil rights activists and others marched around the Georgia State University campus before several of them sat in the middle of Courtland and unfurled a large red and white banner that declared: “We will not longer remain in the shadows.”

Maybe it’s just me, but being inconvenienced by this or that group of people protesting ABC policy or XYZ law has never endeared me to the protesters or their cause.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Kyle Wingfield

April 5th, 2011
6:12 pm

And before someone gets in a tizzy, “stupid” modifies “tricks,” not “protester.”

brad

April 5th, 2011
6:15 pm

For a young guy, you sure sound crotchety.

WhatEver

April 5th, 2011
6:17 pm

For you, it’s just a play of words and it doesn’t mean anything. As far as I am concerned you wanted to imply exactly as it comes across and that is ” you thing the protesters are STUPID”.

WhatEver

April 5th, 2011
6:18 pm

“You Think” the protesters are STUPID.

Kyle Wingfield

April 5th, 2011
6:18 pm

Brad: Maybe it’s because I have more experience with this tactic than you might expect for someone my age. In Brussels, protesters used to do this all. the. time. It got old after, oh, I don’t know, the first time.

I react better to the stand-on-the-sidewalk-yelling-and-waving-signs brand of protesting, myself.

Kyle Wingfield

April 5th, 2011
6:19 pm

Whatever, WhatEver.

Aquagirl

April 5th, 2011
6:19 pm

Agreed, Kyle, except I have no problem calling people blocking traffic stupid. I don’t care if you’re yakking on a cellphone or protesting, ordinary people are trying to get home to families, get to work, and generally go about their lives.

If they had to disrupt something, they should have blocked the entrance to the General Assembly. Do all Georgians a favor.

Juan Sebastian

April 5th, 2011
6:23 pm

What’s there to question? Maybe you don’t understand because you clearly have a bias on this issue. Tactics that involve civil disobedience get the general public’s attention directed at the segregation of our universities. Students are being banned from acquiring a college education, even though they pay out of state tuition. This sounds a little familiar, don’t you think?

Barry

April 5th, 2011
6:25 pm

The sad thing is, they felt free to “out” themselves as illegals because the have no fear of ICE doing anything about it.

Barry

April 5th, 2011
6:27 pm

Hey, Juan: If I break in your house, can I stay there as long as I pay rent?

the red herring

April 5th, 2011
6:28 pm

Obviously these protesters need to return to high school to learn the meaning of illegal. Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for these people who are in this country illegally. these people need to return to their own nation either willingly or by force and then seek to enter this country legally. To do so otherwise is an obscene injustice to those who are waiting and trying to enter legally. I understand the democratic party needs votes any way they can get them but bankrupting the country to have cowboy poetry festivals and to allow illegals to remain in this country is flat out wrong. We should be shutting down our middle east wars, using our own oil, natural gas, and yes–building nuclear plants. After that we should force the washington d.c. crowd to live within their and our means. the taxpayers need to stop being these politicians ticket to their fame and our misfortune. Why do we not hear the union cries and the protests in New York where Democrat Bloomberg is cutting more drastically than other places. I think the majority of the middle class are beginning to see the tea party as their only solution out of this crisis. If the tea party forces the republicans to come along kicking and screaming so much the better. Obama and his crew have given us way too much double speak — the truth is hard to hide now.. If Obama really wants the rich to pay more then why is he giving stimulus to the auto companies, financial companies and at the same time granting waivers to all of these and his other political contributors to avoid paying their fair share of Obamacare?

Maybe so

April 5th, 2011
6:33 pm

It might not be the best tactic to change a law.

It is a great tactic to gain media coverage and to raise awareness of the issue. (See, your post and the AJC article as exhibits A and B.)

Juan Sebastian

April 5th, 2011
6:36 pm

Barry, unfortunately for you, I am not a selfish man. If you need a place to stay, and are willing to work and educate yourself, then yes.

Just to make things clear. Your argument is fundamentally flawed, in that these students are not “breaking into the US”. Most of them were brought into the country at a young age, unaware of the consequences of their parents’ actions. Your childish remarks simplify what is a complex and difficult reality.

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 5th, 2011
6:36 pm

You have to question the judgement of anybody who tries to gain sympathy for their cause, by blocking traffic.

Kyle Wingfield

April 5th, 2011
6:39 pm

Maybe so, Maybe so. But I’d say it depends on how many people react to the news the way I did.

Not Blind

April 5th, 2011
6:40 pm

It’s all about the entitlement. Even non-citizens feel entitled to something they don’t deserve.

brad @ 6:15. Young Americans are especially the ones that should feel crotchety about illegal aliens. The illegals are stealing their jobs and creating a future that doesn’t look too good.

JF McNamara

April 5th, 2011
6:58 pm

Illegals aren’t stealing jobs near as fast as we outsourced them…

wallbanger

April 5th, 2011
7:00 pm

TAxpayers can’t even afford to help people who are legal here, let alone illegals. The legal students ought to be out there counter-protesting to protect the chance they can get help.

freda

April 5th, 2011
7:31 pm

kyle,

You were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. Understanding or having empathy for the oppressed is not your strong suit.

Dan

April 5th, 2011
7:31 pm

There was a certain brand of ever so earnest conservatives during the Reagan years known as the “young fogies,”

Their spirit lives on through the AJC musings of Kyle “Get Off My Lawn” Wingfield

Commander Frank, INS

April 5th, 2011
7:37 pm

Rest easy good citizens, the situation is under control.

We just packed the last one on the bus and it is off to Juarez we go. Several of the perps escaped on their bicycles but are believed to be alienated Georgia State University hipsters, mistaken for undocumented immigrants.

God Bless America.

John

April 5th, 2011
7:42 pm

Copying and pasting an article and attaching two sentences. Sad excuse for a commentary.

Smeat

April 5th, 2011
7:55 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

April 5th, 2011
8:08 pm

Copying and pasting an article and attaching two sentences. Sad excuse for a commentary.

Kyle isn’t alone in doing that. Check out most of the other columnists’ blogs at the AJC. Even the Sports guys do it.

Del

April 5th, 2011
8:21 pm

It’s really a by-product of our entitlement society. Illegals come into this country and feel as though they’re entitled. The far-left, a minority, has been destroying this country from within and the travesty is that most of their followers have no idea as to how duped they’ve really been.

DwayneL

April 5th, 2011
8:40 pm

If these protesters are here illegally they should be deported! Let’s see them protest from Mexico!! LOL

Chris Matthews

April 5th, 2011
8:48 pm

Illegals are nothing but parasites and need to be rounded up and sent back or put into work camps!

Tundra Dude

April 5th, 2011
8:53 pm

KW wrote:
they outed themselves as illegally present in the United States

They wouldn”t dare pull that stunt in Mexico, (if they were illegal Central Ams).
They’d have been placed on a bus back to the Southern border. (where they’re also building their own fence)

Barry

April 5th, 2011
8:57 pm

Hey, Juan: So, if you’re with your mom in the store, it’s OK to shoplift. Got it.

freda

April 5th, 2011
9:01 pm

“Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus

Moderate Line

April 5th, 2011
9:22 pm

Maybe it’s just me, but being inconvenienced by this or that group of people protesting ABC policy or XYZ law has never endeared me to the protesters or their cause.
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Protesting has become anti-climatic. People protest such trival things now it doesn’t seem to have much influence.

Don't Tread

April 5th, 2011
9:32 pm

Maybe some of you lefties should cross into Mexico illegally and then disrupt traffic protesting the fact that you don’t have the same rights as Mexicans. We’ll see how far you get with that.

hsn

April 5th, 2011
9:42 pm

If the protesters were supporting Republican or Tea Party agenda, I bet your commentary would have been different. You cons are the worst of the worst, and … I will just hold off on what I had wanted to say next…!

hsn

Wayne

April 5th, 2011
10:54 pm

It makes me angry that the government won’t pay for my marijuana. My friends and I were going to protest but we just never got around to it.

Jefferson

April 5th, 2011
11:39 pm

Much like the tea party, much to do about nothing.

electrician

April 5th, 2011
11:39 pm

hsn..typical left wing childish babble,go ahead and say what you wanted to say next,perhaps you can redeem your intelligence,but I doubt it.

electrician

April 5th, 2011
11:49 pm

jefferson…tell that to the 28 hose members that lost thier jobs to tea party canidates,you REALLY need to research before you spout off your standard democrat BS

Jefferson

April 5th, 2011
11:50 pm

Most of you neocons couldn’t prove your own citizenship at a trafic stop, how would you like to be hauled off to jail to sort things out. Carry your passport with you all the time? Your papers please….

Jefferson

April 5th, 2011
11:52 pm

ask an electrician which color is the green ground wire, they are all in the dark… what’s a hose member? hose a ?

electrician

April 5th, 2011
11:59 pm

jefferson …you know what I mean,is that all you have?

electrician

April 6th, 2011
12:00 am

jefferson …please give me the definition of “neo-con”

electrician

April 6th, 2011
12:21 am

jefferson…I know what color the ground wire is ,as well as the u,v,and w phase colors are,you must be a machinist,anyway, I am at work now ,making a pile of money in my non-union job,I will check back on my break to see if you could answer my question…carry on

jms

April 6th, 2011
7:08 am

This is like the people who advertise their cleaning service by throwing a baggie with a card and some pebbles in it in my driveway. You littering my yard is not going to get my business.

Peter

April 6th, 2011
7:45 am

What folks out to be protesting is the corruption of the Republican government in the state of Georgia, and why lobbyists can spend silently to get their way in this corrupt state.

mrs. w

April 6th, 2011
7:51 am

I had to wonder as I watched this on the news last night what would happen to *us* if we were in Mexico illegally and did that. It is unfortunate that their illegal parents snuck their illegal kids in but they are NOT entitled to anything. If you don’t like the way we do things here then go home. In fact, why don’t you just go home anyway – as in back to Mexico.

Tommy Maddox

April 6th, 2011
8:00 am

ICE is pitiful. If they’d simply show up at any QT in the morning time, they’d fill the van. Maybe they’d take Jefferson with them since he apparently cannot prove who he is.

Fix-It

April 6th, 2011
8:01 am

Maybe so,
I agree we should change the law to the way it is in Israel, the road is made for cars, if you get run over in the street it is your fault, not the driver’s…

If our government employees, i.e., the police, the ones to took an oath to uphold the laws of our state, then they should be arrested and deported, if they don’t uphold the laws can’t we sue them?

seabeau

April 6th, 2011
8:02 am

The police should have responded with a street sweeper or a fire hose!!

MC

April 6th, 2011
8:11 am

I can’t wait until the citizen kids of these “illegals” start voting and send all you white trash cretins packing.

Woe is US

April 6th, 2011
8:13 am

They are just taking their country back.